Q: Do I have BTN?
A: Click here to get your channel number for BTN. BTN is available on all major video providers, including DIRECTV, DISH, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse, Cablevision Optimum, Charter Communications, Comcast Xfinity, Cox Communications, Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, RCN, WOW!, and about 300 additional video providers across North America.
Q: What is BTN2Go?
A: BTN’s 24/7 live simulcast that is free to subscribers of participating providers. Click here to see if your provider offers BTN2Go.
Q: What channel is BTN?
A: Our GameFinder feature helps you identify your BTN channel.
Q: How many events are on BTN annually?
A: BTN is on the air 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. The network nationally televises more than 500 events and streams approximately 1,000 more events each year. Each year’s schedule includes approximately 40 football games, 120 regular season men’s basketball games, Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament games, 55 women’s basketball games, Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament games, hundreds of additional Olympic sports events and dozens of Big Ten championship events.
Q: Is there a good balance between men’s and women’s sports on BTN?
A: The network provides comparable coverage of men’s and women’s sports across all platforms. BTN covers a variety of women’s sports including, basketball, ice hockey, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field and volleyball. Each week during the academic year, the network produces and airs the Big Ten Women’s Sports Report, a program dedicated exclusively to the highlights and accomplishments of female Big Ten student-athletes.
Q: In addition to sporting events, what other programs should I expect to see on BTN?
A: BTN also produces a large number of studio shows and original programming. The network’s signature series, The Journey, has been nominated for multiple Emmy awards.
Other original programming includes, Big Ten Elite, Big Ten Treasure Hunter and the network’s feature length documentary, Tiebreaker.
Every BTN football game telecast is surrounded by Big Ten Football Saturday, the network’s pre-game, halftime and post-game show hosted by Dave Revsine and analysts Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Glen Mason.
BTN also televises a large number of press conferences, including but not limited to breaking news, coaching hires and post—game interviews.
Q: How can I watch BTN via Internet stream?
A: BTN offers two different streaming services, BTN2Go and the BTN Plus.
BTN2Go is a 24/7 simulcast of BTN that delivers live programming to existing BTN subscribers via tablets, smartphones, and PCs as well as on-demand access to BTN’s deep archive of games and original programming and Extra Football Game Channels.
For more information please visit BTN2Go.com.
BTN Plus is the network’s subscription-based streaming service that provides coverage of Big Ten games that are not being televised live. Events include non-conference men’s basketball, women’s basketball, wrestling, volleyball and baseball. Football games are not available via BTN Plus.
For more information please visit BTN Plus.
Q: Which football and basketball games air on BTN?
A: Each season the Big Ten Conference divides its home games between its television partners, including BTN, ESPN and ABC in football, and BTN, ESPN and CBS for men’s basketball, ensuring that all Big Ten home football and men’s basketball games are televised to a national audience. Television agreements for games that are contested at away or neutral sites are determined by the host school or organization.
Q. Which Olympic sporting events (e.g. field hockey, soccer, wrestling, etc.) air on the network?
A: In the fall BTN airs wrestling, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and men’s and women’s cross country. In the winter BTN airs ice hockey, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, and men’s and women’s gymnastics. In the spring BTN airs baseball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field and rowing.
The conference and its television partners determine which events will be televised. Consideration is given to appealing matchups while striving to achieve a balance between sports and universities represented. BTN does include a number of wildcard dates in the schedule to allow some matchup flexibility.
Q: Does BTN televise multiple football games when there are overlapping games?
A: BTN uses Extra Football Game Channels to televise BTN football games occurring at the same time. These Extra Football Game Channels are only available on Saturdays during the football season.
BTN has offered all of its TV providers the opportunity to make these Extra Football Game Channels available to their subscribers. Satellite providers such as DIRECTV and DISH and telco providers, including AT&T U-Verse and Verizon FiOS, make every BTN football broadcast available on either the primary BTN channel or Extra Football Game Channels. Cable systems usually assign different channel numbers in every market for the Extra Football Game Channels. All “Extra Football Game Channels” are also available on BTN2Go. Channel numbers typically are assigned mid-week for that weekend’s games. Check your channel number here for the game you want to watch.
Q: How are football and basketball start times determined?
A: BTN works with the conference, universities and other television partners to determine the start times for each Big Ten football and basketball game. The time zone of where the game is played and facility availability also factor into the decision. Typically, football games are aired at noon, 3:30 and 8 PM ET.
Q: I missed the game, when will it replay? Can I purchase a DVD copy?
A: BTN’s programming schedule, up to the next 14 days, is available for viewing here: http://www.BTN.com/shows. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to fill DVD requests at this time.
Q: Does BTN televise NCAA Championship events?
A: The NCAA controls the television and digital rights for all NCAA Tournament and Championship events. In some cases, the NCAA will grant the BTN the rights to broadcast specific games. Over the past several years, BTN has televised such tournament games as Northwestern women’s lacrosse, Michigan softball, and Purdue baseball.
Q: Does BTN produce games and programming in HD?
A: BTN produces and makes available all of its programming and live events in HD. It is the decision of each individual TV provider to offer BTN programming in HD.
Q: Does BTN offer radio broadcasts for live events?
A: Each individual school owns the rights to their radio broadcasts, and therefore BTN cannot use radio broadcasts for Big Ten events.
Q: I love the Big Ten, but I don’t always want to watch sports. Does BTN feature non-sports programming?
A: Yes, from the time of the network’s launch, BTN has offered B1G universities the opportunity to produce programming to air on BTN. Hundreds of programs featuring the stories and personalities that make each campus special have aired since BTN launched in 2007.
In addition, the network recently created two additional programs. BTN LiveBIG, which will debut a second season this fall, profiles alumni, students and supporters who are “living big” through their service to others. Hosted by former Michigan football standout Dhani Jones, BTN LiveBIG hasprofiled individuals such as Tony Dungy, Jane Pauley and Tom Osborne. In addition, viewers can learn more about these inspirational stories and others at BTNLiveBIG.com, where they can also discover ways they can act, serve and inspire through 25 partner service organizations.
In January 2012, the network debuted IMPACT the World, a powerful eight-part series showcasing some of the incredible research breakthroughs being made at Big Ten universities and how these advances impact people in the U.S. and around the world. To view some previously aired clips click here.
Q. How does BTN involve students in productions?
A. Since the network launched, BTN has provided hundreds of students an opportunity to participate in live sports production and internships. In 2009, BTN launched Student U, in which Big Ten students on each campus produce and announce events, offering them a unique opportunity to gain real-world experience and for the network to train the production stars of tomorrow. The events are streamed live, and many then air on delay on BTN, providing unprecedented exposure for the conference’s Olympic sports programs.
Q. Does BTN also offer internships?
A. Each year, BTN welcomes a variety of students to work in such areas as production, communications and marketing. Additionally, BTN frequently hires marketing interns on campuses to help with programs throughout the year
Q: Has BTN received any awards?
A: BTN has earned two Sports Emmy nominations for The Journey: Big Ten Basketball, and was also recognized with its first Edward R. Murrow Award in the category of excellence in sports reporting for its feature story on Brock Mealer.
BTN’s communications team earned a 2009 Beacon Award for reputation management. BTN2Go won the 2011 Product of the Year Award from Cable Spotlight. BTN’s marketing team has won numerous awards, including CableFAXIES, Gold Mark, and Beacon awards for several campaigns since 2008. The marketing team’s creation of an interactive life-sized hologram of former Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George earned several marketing awards including, 2009 AdWeek’s Best Use of Out of Home.
Q: Where are BTN studios located?
A: BTN studios and offices are located in the historic Montgomery Ward Catalog Building in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.
Q. How do I apply for a job at BTN?
A: Any available positions at BTN will be posted at FoxCareers.com.